For more than two decades, Cole Park Veterinary Hospital has been taking care of our community’s furry family members. Read on to learn more about their talented veterinarians, and remember to wish them a happy 23rd anniversary this month!
“It is with a deep sense of gratitude to the community that has relied on us to give high quality care for their beloved pets that we celebrate our 23rd year of service.Throughout the thirty years of my being a veterinarian, I have seen many innovations in veterinary medicine. Sophisticated diagnostics and treatments that once only belonged to the human realm have become available for pets. Effective and safe parasite treatment is available for pets on a monthly schedule.Alternative treatments such as acupuncture and herbology, laser, chiropractic, electromagnetic wave, aromatherapy, homeopathy, massage and reiki are all available as chronic disease therapies.We at Cole Park Veterinary Hospital would like to thank the community for supporting us in our efforts for the past 23 years. We look forward to continuing to offer many of these innovative services for our patients along with understanding and compassion.”Dr. Pat PagelCole Park Veterinary Hospital
Dr. Kelly Meador
Dr. Meador joined Cole Park Veterinary Hospital as a doctor in 2015. Prior to that she worked as a veterinary assistant at the practice (way back in the day when the practice was located in Cole Park Plaza!) Her history with Cole Park Vet is part of her commitment to the practice. “The staff and veterinarians at CPVH played an important part in shaping me as a doctor.”
Meador is a North Carolina native who began her post-high school education at East Carolina University and then transferred to NC State University for an undergraduate degree. She was accepted into the NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 2007.
Our newest doctor, Dr. Meador specializes in geriatric care, preventative care and education, soft tissue surgery and pain management. She loves caring for the animals, and says “the satisfaction of knowing that I have helped my clients and my patients is what drives me. I am driven by helping to ease the suffering of a hurting pet and also providing comfort to the patient’s caregiver.”
The owner of five pets (two spirited dogs, a fat cat and two crazy pigs) and the mother of a two-and-half-year-old son, Dr. Meador has little time for outside recreation, but she is thrilled to be a part of the Cole Park family. “I am overjoyed to return to Cole Park. Next time you are in I would love to meet you!”
Dr. Deborah Stine
Meet Dr. Deborah Stine! Dr. Stine joined the team of doctors at Cole Park Veterinary Hospital in July 2006. She was born and raised on a dairy farm in Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, and received her B.A. in Religion at the College of Wooster, her B.S. in Biochemistry at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, and her DVM at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. As one of four qualified veterinarians at CPVH, Dr. Stine enjoys internal medicine, geriatrics, and behavior medicine. Of her patients, she says “I enjoy figuring out what is wrong and making them feel better.”
Her message to pet owners? “Pets are like children. They have emotions. And dogs can learn several hundred words!”
When not working, Dr. Stine enjoys time with her three cats –Sweetness, age 10, Peaches, age 5 and Bernice, age 1 – all rescue cats from Cole Park Veterinary Hospital. She also enjoys swimming, walking, Buddhist meditation, reading, time in the mountains and Duke University Women’s Basketball.
Dr. Megan Harris
Dr. Harris earned both her degrees – a bachelor’s in biology and a DVM from Virginia Tech University – and joined Cole Park Veterinary Hospital in 2004.
She says she was drawn to the practice because of the high standard of medicine practiced there – and because they genuinely care about animals and trying to do what is best for them.
While she can provide all aspects of veterinary care, Dr. Harris especially enjoys managing internal medicine cases, helping people handle feline behavior problems, and working to improve geriatric patients’ quality of life and comfort.
She also loves forming a bond with people and their pets over years, and being able to help with preventative care and issues that arise throughout their lives.
In her own time, Dr. Harris likes to run, mountain bike, hike, do yoga, garden, travel, paint, cook (and eat) and spend time with her family and pets. Her own menagerie includes two dogs, two cats and 6 chickens.
Her message to clients: Thank you for being such great clients! We really are lucky!
Dr. Michelle Droke
Born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, Dr. Droke has been a part of Cole Park Veterinary Hospital since 2002.
She pursued undergraduate studies at Texas A&M, and then attended A&M’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She is also a Certified Acupuncturist.
Her interest in Chinese medicine drew her to our practice; she is also interested in geriatric medicine and soft tissue surgery.
Her concern for her patients is her priority: “We are here as advocates for animals and to help owners make decisions in the best interest of their pets.”
She cherishes the bond she develops with her patients and their families: “The relationship I have with the families that belong to the pets I care for. Now that I have been at Cole Park Veterinary Hospital for over 10 years, I have seen many families go full cycle by raising companions, grieving companions and then welcoming new ones.”
She has lived this cycle herself as a pet owner. Her current menagerie includes three cats – JoeBob, Bosley and Fee, and a doberman mix – Margie Faye. Dr. Droke spends her spare time with her child and her pets, and doing the things she loves: volunteering, traveling and outdoor activities like hiking, rock climbing, yoga and mountain biking.
Dr. Pat Pagel
It has been 20 years, a name change, two renovations and a new building since Dr. Pat Pagel purchased the practice that became Cole Park Veterinary Hospital. And for twenty years, she and her staff have been working with pet owners to ensure that their pets attain and maintain good health through progressive preventative medicine, alternative therapies and up-to-date client education.
“The goal is for there to be a partnership between the doctor and client based on knowledge and trust,” Dr. Pagel says. Veterinarian and owner work together to develop a plan to keep the pet healthy or, in the case of illness, to devise and pursue a treatment plan.
Such a plan might involve a variety of methods. “We have an integrative practice that values and offers both traditional and alternative treatments,” she says. “We have over 30 years combined experience in acupuncture. We also offer warm laser therapy and some Chinese herbology.”
According to Dr. Pagel, all the folks at Cole Park Veterinary Hospital value compassionate care of patients. “We have a well-trained staff that includes registered veterinary technicians. We are a practice that believes in pain management.”
They also share a concern for the care and treatment of older dogs: “Older pets slow down for specific reasons—not just because they are old. We can help, in many instances, to regain their health. Growing old does not destine them to being in a chronic state of aging with pain,” she said.
If you are seeking information on the health of your pet, Dr. Pagel advises: “Go to official veterinary school websites designed to give accurate information in an understandable format. Avoid like the plague chat rooms—they are filled with inaccuracies and are generally fueled by fear.”
And when professional help is needed, Cole Park Veterinary Hospital can provide advice and care in an atmosphere of respect for both the pet owner and the pet.